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  1. NHL - Detroit Red Wings' options at March 2 trade deadline

    Craig Custance

    A surprising and aging Red Wings team is looking to add high-quality pieces at the trade deadline, writes ESPN The Magazine's Craig Custance.

    Story | Conversation | February 03, 2015
  2. Elite production needed from Vanek

    Craig Custance

    On Tuesday night, Thomas Vanek scored a goal few others in the league could make look so easy. He took a pass from Ryan Suter near the top of the left circle, skated in on Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek, stick handled his way through traffic and flipped ...

    Blog | January 21, 2015
  3. Red Wings won't panic with Howard out

    Craig Custance

    It was the weekend's most frightening moment. Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard went facedown against the Washington Capitals on Saturday to make a save and stayed that way. Clearly in pain from overextending, he left the ice on a stretcher. ...

    Blog | January 12, 2015
  4. Antoine Vermette suitors may have to wait

    Craig Custance

    Early in the first period against the Winnipeg Jets, with the Arizona Coyotes on a power play, a rebound kicked loose in front of Ondrej Pavelec, right toward the stick of Antoine Vermette. Instead of banging the puck into the pads of the Jets goalie...

    Blog | January 09, 2015
  5. Top 10 rising GM candidates

    Craig Custance

    Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan has given no indication that general manager Dave Nonis' job is in trouble. But Shanahan's systematic turnover from the previous regime to the current one has touched on every department in the or...

    Blog | January 08, 2015
  6. Carlyle firing should be just the start

    Craig Custance

    TORONTO -- On the day following the end of their 2013-14 season, the Toronto Maple Leafs held a news conference to announce the hiring of Brendan Shanahan as the new team president. In introducing Shanahan, Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment CEO Ti...

    Blog | January 06, 2015
  7. Why the Bruins have been disappointing

    Craig Custance

    Perhaps this is the game, the one that puts it all together for the Boston Bruins. After being embarrassed by the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday, the undermanned Bruins came out hard against the Detroit Red Wings on Monday in an impressive 5-2 win...

    Blog | December 30, 2014
  8. Success in Vegas? Poker star likes odds

    Craig Custance

    Poker star and Las Vegas resident Daniel Negreanu was in Barcelona, Spain, when he first heard about the serious possibility of Las Vegas landing an NHL expansion team. "I saw the rumor and was jumping up and down like a kid. 'We're getting hockey...

    Blog | December 19, 2014
  9. Righty-lefty balance more crucial than ever

    Craig Custance

    While describing the advantages of a righty-lefty balance on defense, apparently it's nearly impossible to do so without demonstrating with an imaginary stick. Asked to describe the benefit of having a right-handed shot defenseman paired up with a le...

    Blog | December 17, 2014
  10. Panthers' success starts with Luongo

    Craig Custance

    One unmistakable sign of a good goaltender is making saves and thriving regardless of the team out front. There are some goalies who put up big seasons, and it's impossible not to suspect that part of the reason is the system or the team. Then, th...

    Blog | December 12, 2014
  11. No contract extension yet for Mike Babcock

    Craig Custance

    DETROIT -- When Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock approached the larger-than-usual group of media following practice on Thursday, he joked, "this ought to be good." And if you're into vehement contract extension denials, he was right. With ...

    Blog | December 11, 2014
  12. Despite results, Devils support DeBoer

    Craig Custance

    Following Saturday's loss to the Washington Capitals, New Jersey Devils coach Pete DeBoer didn't mince words in his assessment of the game. He pointedly explained that the Capitals' power play was better than the Devils' power play. And that th...

    Blog | December 08, 2014
  13. Examining Stephen Weiss' revival

    Craig Custance

    During the 2011-12 season, the last time Stephen Weiss played 80 games, the Detroit Red Wings forward took 1,469 faceoffs -- a total that put him in the top 10 in the league. He won 53.2 percent of those faceoffs, a success rate topped only by Jason ...

    Blog | December 05, 2014
  14. Valuing leadership in the age of analytics

    Craig Custance

    Like any red-blooded human about to make his NHL debut, Jason Demers had nerves going into his first game. Five years and 305 NHL games later, he still recalls the impact of former San Jose Sharks teammate Rob Blake, who helped calm Demers down back ...

    Blog | December 04, 2014
  15. Impact of an uncertain cap for 2015-16

    Craig Custance

    This is what it has come to for NHL teams trying to project next season's salary cap: At least one team has had conversations with currency speculators to come up with the most accurate picture of where the Canadian dollar is headed in order to make ...

    Blog | December 02, 2014
  16. Brodeur pondering his NHL options

    Craig Custance

    TORONTO -- Watching Martin Brodeur walk down the red carpet to witness the 2014 class get inducted into hockey's Hall of Fame, it's not hard to imagine him being honored in the same way in the next few years. He smiled when he was asked if he was tak...

    Blog | November 18, 2014